At 13 years of age, Mario Gil is developing into a skilled, young karter in North America. His passion and love for racing did not just start at the age of 5 when he was first introduced to karting, it actually began as early as he could walk and talk. He has been surrounded by cars and racing his whole life.
The first and only toys Mario would play with as young as the age of 1 were large die cast model cars and Hot Wheels. Instead of watching shows that most other children his age watched, at the young age of 2, Mario was already watching the early Fast and Furious movies and he enjoyed the Hot Wheels Acceleracers animated series. As he watched these movies, he would grab a few of the exact same cars he was watching on screen and then reenact the scenes on the couch or countertops. Young Mario’s first words were the names of cars and by the age of 4, Mario could name most car makes and models simply by looking at their wheels or trunks. Everyone who met him thought it was quiet amazing to see someone so small be so focused on one thing; cars.
At the age of 5, Mario was faced with a diagnosis of a rare form of Cancer called, LCH (Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis). The disease caused him to have multiple bone lesions and serious base of skull involvement. During the course of the disease, his pituitary was damaged leaving him with another rare and lifelong condition called, Diabetes Insipidus. It took 2 years for the doctor’s at Children’s Hospital to control the LCH, but there is no cure for the Diabetes. While going through chemotherapy and undergoing many surgeries and scans, Mario’s enjoyment of cars and racing are what kept him upbeat and happy. Mario has had to face many challenges in his life so far, but he has pushed through them and he does not want to waste any more time. He wants to race and show everyone what he can do!
Mario started with Italian Motors at the age of 7, racing in a cadet kart with a 100cc, two-stroke engine. He continued moving up through the ranks, Junior 2 and 3, increasing his kart size and power at each new level. As a Junior 2, he won the SIMA Gold Cup Race as well as the Winter and Summer Series in his class. Last year, as a Junior 3, he used the same chassis but upraded to an X125 motor. He defended his wins in the Junior 3 races and is now competing in the national F-series races on the East Coast. These races are much larger and have a more competitive field of racers. He is enjoying his travels with the team and is learning and growing at each and every race event. His aim is to stand on the podium at one of these races in the near future.
After the first three races in the F-Series this year, Mario has proven to be competitive as a rookie. In the first race at the Go Pro Motorplex in North Carolina, Mario qualified 7th out of 28 drivers. At the second race at the New Jersey Motorsports Park, he qualified 12th. Englishtown Raceway Park in New Jersey is where he qualified 16th and finished 14th. Mario is determined to do better in the upcoming fourth round in July because he is focused and determined to get on that podium to represent his team. Mario has had a lot of fun and has learned a lot by participating in these large-scale races.
Racing is a passion and an outlet for Mario. It is an integral part of his life and who he wants to become. It is the focus of most of his waking hours. This young man was born to race and is very excited about what the future holds for him and his racing career.